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Report: Alabama Assistant Mario Cristobal Could Be Leaving Tuscaloosa

Alabama has replaced its offensive coordinator this week, and could lose another key assistant soon, per a new report.

Assistant Head Coach/Tackles and Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator Mario Cristobal could be leaving Tuscaloosa, according to FootballScoop.

The report states Cristobal could wind up at Oregon or potentially at another SEC program.

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has offered Mario Cristobal a senior staff position, including coaching the offensive line, sources tell FootballScoop. We are told that Cristobal has not accepted the position at this time and could wind up remaining at Alabama as Nick Saban has sought to retain Cristobal. However, we understand that Oregon is not the only Power 5 program seeking to persuade Cristobal to leave Tuscaloosa with Florida head coach Jim McElwain also considering Cristobal should Mike Summers leave the program.

Cristobal has worked at Alabama for the past four years, after finishing a six-year stint as head coach at FIU. He also has served as an assistant at Miami and Rutgers and nearly ended up as head coach of the Scarlet Knights in 2012.

Knnown for his technical aptitude as well as his ability to recruit, Cristobal would be a valuable hire for either Oregon or Florida. Of course, Saban wants to keep him, but if he does leave, Nick has a habit of exchanging departing assistant coaches with quality replacements the same way he inserts five-star recruits to supplant NFL draft picks.